Gael García Bernal Directs Conclusion to DRIFTING, a Two-Part Short About Long Lost Friends Out at Sea
LONDON, February 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —
Gael García Bernal has stepped behind the camera to direct Drifting: Part 2, which picks up where friend and Canana co-founder, Diego Luna, left off in this two-part short film. Drifting: Part One, directed by Luna, sets up the story of three friends who reunite after having drifted apart. A prank sees the friends left in a precarious situation, which Bernal has to resolve in the concluding film.
The two-part short film is part of a collaboration between Chivas Regal, the original luxury whisky, and Canana – the art-house Mexican film company founded by life-long friends Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz, and led by Julián Levin. Drifting brings to life the idiosyncrasies of modern male friendship – a theme the Canana team knows well. The friends and business partners worked collectively to develop the storyline, directing and producing the films in their native Mexico.
Speaking about the project and how it feels to work with close friend Diego Luna, Gael García Bernal commented, “It will be really interesting to see how the two films interact and work together because Diego and I have very different approaches to everything! Luckily we work really well together and bring out each other’s potential. That is one of the great things about our friendship and something we understand about each other. I don’t just respect his point of view, I like it! He always has something different to say and I like to hear that from him. I think that’s what makes this project exciting and different.”
Filmed in Cabo San Lucas, the concluding installation of Drifting finds life-long friends, Nico (Pablo Cruz Guerrero), Andres (Ari Brickmann) and Al (Alexander DiPersia) floating in the middle of the ocean with just a life preserver between them after an unexplained prank. While the characters try to figure out what has happened and what to do next, the short explores themes of trust, forgiveness and acceptance as they reconnect. As the tale unravels, it reveals an elaborate set-up culminating in a surprise ending that makes the friends realise the importance of making time for friendship. The film, as well as exclusive behind the scenes interviews with both Gael and Diego can be viewed at http://www.chivascanana.com.
As part of the project, Chivas is celebrating real-life friendships by sending two friends on an all-expenses-paid trip to the legendary Cannes Film Festival, of which Chivas is an official sponsor, for a special screening of Drifting. The We Go Way Back photo competition, open from the 18th February through to 24th March 2013, asks fans to upload pictures of them and their best friend, showing moments of friendship and shared memories. In the gallery showcasing entries, people can vote for their favourite submissions until 31st March. The winner will be selected from the ten submissions with the most votes by Canana.
Created by brothers James and John Chivas and shared by friends around the world, Chivas Regal understands that friendship and brotherhood are a vital source of inspiration and support for men. Canana is bringing modern brotherhood to life with this two-part short film, which represents the first time Gael and Diego have worked together in this way, each directing a story around the same characters.
To view the films and exclusive behind the scenes interviews with Gael, and enter the competition, visit http://www.chivascanana.com.
About ‘Here’s to Real Friends’
Chivas Canana Present was inspired by ‘Here’s to Real Friends’, the latest installment of the Live with Chivalry campaign, featuring two short films about friendship directed by Academy Award® winning short filmmaker Joachim Back. The two cinematic films focus on the trials, tribulations and idiosyncrasies of modern male friendships, celebrating the stories that bind real friends together.
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CANANA was founded in 2005 by Diego Luna, Gael García Bernal, Pablo Cruz, and most recently joined by partner and CEO Julián Levin. Over the past 7 years, CANANA has produced over twenty films including Abel, Luna’s first feature length film, Sin Nombre, Miss Bala, directed by Gerardo Naranjo, and most recently, the English language film, Chavez, directed by Luna and based on the life of Mexican-American labor union organizer César E. Chávez.
In 2012, CANANA expanded its operations in the U.S. with Canana L.A., bridging the talent pool between Latin America and the U.S. with such projects as A Man Must Die, a political thriller produced in collaboration with Focus Features, with Naranjo set to direct. In México, CANANA added both a television arm, which produced Soy Tu Fan, starring Ana Claudia Talancón and Niño Santo, and a distribution outlet, CANANA Presenta, which has been releasing international art house films in Mexico for six years across all platforms, with a catalogue of more than 50 titles, including the award-winning NO, Pina, and The White Ribbon. The partners’ passion for film has also reflected through Documental Ambulante, a traveling documentary festival that has taken over 200 documentaries to communities across México, having recently completed its 8th tour.